Steven A. Martino is a senior shareholder at Taylor Martino, P.C. He concentrates primarily on wrongful death, personal injury, class action and mass-tort litigation with special emphasis on finance fraud, products liability and vehicle accidents. Mr. Martino has tried and settled many industrial and construction injury cases in the past twenty years. He has been licensed to practice in all courts of Alabama for over twenty-five years. Mr. Martino was born in Pennsylvania and raised near Cleveland, Ohio. He is married and has three children. He is a sustaining member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA).
He enjoys playing and coaching sports with his children, golfing, bird hunting and exercising. For seven years, he served as National Co-Liaison Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Multi-District Litigation entitled re: Amtrak “Sunset Limited” Train Crash in Bayou Canot, Alabama on September 22, 1993, in Mobile, AL, USDC Case No. CV-94-5000-RV-C, following the worst railroad disaster in U.S. history. Mr. Martino was one of three plaintiffs’ attorneys who negotiated the landmark settlement with cigarette manufacturer, The Liggett Group, announced in March of 1996, in conjunction with the historic settlement agreement entered into by twenty-two States Attorneys General and The Liggett Group the same week.
Mr. Martino served a Co-Lead Counsel in Nealy v. Woodmen of the World, a class action settlement of $23.1 million which alleged discriminatory practices by the Woodmen of the World Insurance Company in the sale and issuance of life insurance policies to African Americans. He has also served as lead counsel in Hunter v. Bank One (a multi-state class action alleging fraud in the financing of home satellite systems settled for $27.5 million) as well as on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in the Carnegie v. Household International, Inc., H&R Block, et al., (establishing a $39 million settlement fund for misrepresentations in the offering of income tax refund anticipation loans “RALS” ) and Cox, et al., v. Shell Oil, et al., (establishing the $1.1 billion Polybutylene Pipe Settlement Fund for claims of defective design, manufacture, and distribution of polybutylene plumbing systems – the largest settlement of a property damage class action in United States history at that time). In addition to these cases listed above, Mr. Martino has served on several Plaintiffs’ Counsel Committees for many statewide and national class action cases including those against hardboard siding manufacturers, vitamin and prescription drug manufacturers/distributors, cellular phone providers, personal finance/bank institutions, oil and gas producing companies, and insurance companies.
Areas of Practice: Class Actions Mass Tort Litigation Antitrust Finance Fraud Insurance Fraud
Litigation Percentage: 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions: Alabama, 1984 U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Education: Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1983 J.D. Earlham College, 1980 B.A.
Professional Associations and Memberships: Alabama Bar Association Member Mobile Bar Association Member American Bar Association Member Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors Association of Trial Lawyers of America Sustaining Member